Around 10 years ago when construction was taking place to build ‘The edge’ in Uluwatu, the owners and builders made a chance discovery of an underground cave that is estimated to be around 25,000 years old. This month ‘The cave’ opened as Bali’s newest fine dining venue…and it’s definitely one of the Island’s most unique venues!
The cave is set within the property of The edge, a short buggy ride or walk from the lobby will take you to ground level entrance of the cave. From here you descend down the large, spiral staircase to get your first glimpse at this stunning venue.
Seating only 22 people at one time, the space is larger than you’d imagine and the construction has seen all of the caves natural features taken care of and kept as is. You’ll dine with the stalactites of the cave surrounding you, some even still dripping water behind you. The decor of the venue is classy and well thought out to give everyone a chance to see the cave in its full glory, to see the chefs in action playing your dishes, and to see the magnificent light shows that are projected on to the cave during dinner.
Such an epic venue deserves an equally epic menu to match, and the team have delivered on this! The cave offers a set 7-course degustation menu (you can choose from a meat or a vegetarian version). You have the option to upgrade the menu to be paired with wine and cocktails also for the ultimate indulgence. The menu has been created and delivered by Chef Ryan Clift and his team, from the famed Tippling Club in Singapore. Chef Ryan is known for his distinctive brand of modern gastronomy and The cave’s menu even delivers some dishes direct from the Tippling Club menu. Chef Tay Chan Yong has come from Tippling Club to become the resident Head Chef at The cave and he is excited to deliver this gastronomic menu to foodies in Bali.
The menu performs on every level from presentation, to taste, to creativity, quite simply it’s delicious a journey your tastebuds are going to remember and savour for a long time after your visit. From the savoury mushroom donut, right through to the last dessert, the menu will surprise and delight you along the way!
The universe has been turned upside down in The cave with stars sparkling from the floor to set the tone for an out of this world dining experience. In between each course there is a light show projected to The cave’s ceiling with graphics telling a story of the creation of the universe. Half way though the dinner you get a 15 minute intermission to explore The cave a little further. For this part you are given a helmet with a headlamp, to take the journey upstairs to see the area of The cave that is probably the most spectacular. Here you’ll see gorgeous blue water and many hanging stalactites dripping down, but watch your head here, they give you helmets for a reason.
The cave offers three sittings a day. One at lunch and two at dinner. It’s not advised to bring children as it is definitely a venue more suited to adults. If you do bring children you need to take the lunchtime sitting.
This is definitely a foodie experience you won’t soon forget. The uniqueness of a venue that can’t be replicated, that has a menu to match! Foodies visiting Bali, this experience is for sure one for your Bali Bucket List.